Switzerland: lakes, mountains, and much more.

Matterhorn, Cervino, Switzerland, Gornegrat

 

Today we present a new destination in TravelEchoes: western Switzerland. A destination for nature lovers but also for lovers of fairy- tale villages. Among the cities we recommend Geneva, Lausanne, and especially Bern and Fribourg, with exceptional old towns. Solothurn, Thun, St-Ursanne, Montreux and Chillon Castle, are other exceptionally picturesque villages.

 

As for natural wonders there is an endless catalog: from the peaks in the Bernese Oberland, which include Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau to another mythical mountain in the Valais such as the Matterhorn.  Besides you can visit picturesque valleys as the Lötschental and Lauterbrunnen Valley and also the Aletsch glacier, the largest in Europe. Amazing lakes as the Oechinensee and mountain passes offering great panoramas such as the Furkapass or Grimselpass are also another point of interest. In short, a paradise for nature lovers, perfectly conditioned by a dense network of spectacular mountain railways – like the ones in Zermatt or the Jungfraujoch, the highest railway station in Europe – and cableways – such as the ones accessing the Mont Fort or to Niessen -. More than 120 destinations that you can enjoy from now on in our app.

 

Thun, Switzerland

Norway’s fjords

Welcome to the land of the majestic fjords! Giant clefts in the landscape running from the coast deep into the interior. The fjords are undeniably beautiful; in winter, the blue-black waters of the fjords contrast with the blinding white of the snow that covers the steep mountains. In summer, everything turns green and there are plenty of opportunities for hiking or any kind of outdoor activities. Picturesque villages and stave churches edge the shoreline, linked by ferries, long tunnels and incredible winding roads.

The fjords run all the way up the coast from Stavanger to the Russian border, but the most impressive ones are to be seen on the west coast near Bergen, in Vestlandet region. Norway’s second-largest city, Bergen has an atmospheric old warehouse quarter. Not far from there you can enjoy the great Hardangerfjord and the Flåmsdal valley, where the beautiful Flåmsbana mountain railway trundles down to the Aurlandsfjord, a small arm of the mighty Sognefjord. The Sognefjord is the longest and deepest of the country. The Nordfjord, lies parallel to the north. Between the Sognefjord and Nordfjord lies the Jostedalsbreen glacier, mainland Europe’s largest ice-sheet, while east of the Nordfjord is the narrow Geirangerfjord, a rugged gash in the landscape that is perhaps the most beautiful of all the fjords. East of Stavanger – at the southern entry to the fjords region – you can find Lysefjorden beneath the famous Pulpit Rock. Further north still, the scenery becomes even more extreme, in the splendid Trollstigen mountain highway.  Åndalsnes and the charming port of Ålesund, with its attractive Art Nouveau buildings are located at the North.

All these attractions and many more are included in Travelechoes from now on, more than 130 points of interest in this paradise for nature lovers, where mountain and sea can be seen at its best, along the most picturesque landscapes in Europe.